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The sting of losing

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Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Joe Sestak, with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Alex, speaks at an election-night event in St. Davids, Pa., Nov. 2, 2010. Republican Pat Toomey defeated Sestak in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

Robert Hood says: It’s got to be difficult to run for office. The candidate devotes so much effort and time to the cause. The time is probably the hardest part because candidates take much of that time from their families. Losing the election has to hurt, and tonight my thoughts go out to the children, parents and siblings of the losers.

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Democrat Bill White, right, is consoled by his his wife Andrea as he stands with his son Stephen and daughter Elena, rear left, as he addresses his election night party at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. White conceded defeat to incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry in the race.

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First Congressional District Democratic candidate Gary McDowell hugs his daughter Emily in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. while daughters Rochelle, in pink, and Alivia wait, after McDowell conceded the congressional seat to his Republican opponent, Dr. Dan Benishek.

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Candidate for the Virginia's Fifth Congressional District, Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va. consoles his mother Linda Perriello after conceding his seat in Charlottesville, Va.

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Christine O'Donnell's brother, Dan, cries after she delivered her concession speech to Democrat Chris Coons in the Deleware U.S. Senate race at an election night rally in Dover, Del.

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Former Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter watches as his son, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter concedes defeat in Jackson, Tenn., with wife Mary Jane, son Walker and daughter Bess.